5.13 – THE POWER OF THREE (9.30.13)

THE PINEAL GLAND [14d]

Washington, D.C., April, 2013.

PRESIDENT OBAMA (VIDEO FOOTAGE): We have a chance to improve the lives of, not just millions, but billions of people on this planet through the research that's done.

U.S. President Barack Obama unveils an ambitious government-funded research project designed to map the human brain. Titled, the “BRAIN” Initiative, the program promises to shed new light on how human beings learn, think, remember, and create.

“So there are many things that science still does not understand about how the human brain works. There’s a hundred billion neurons in the brain, and then, there’s about a hundred thousand trillion connections possible. If we can understand that, if we can crack the neural code, it’ll unlock a lot of answers to understanding things like disease and how to cure them. And it really is the final frontier of human anatomy.”

– Heather Berlin, Ph.D., M.P.H.
(Prof. of Neuroscience, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine),
(Neuroscientist, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai)

Just how the human brain functions has remained a mystery that has puzzled mankind for thousands of years. But according to many ancient cultures and religions, the workings of the brain are not the mere workings of a human organ, but are linked to something much more profound – something of extraterrestrial origin.

Lidder Valley, Northern India. Here on a snow-covered mountain in the heart of the Himalayas, lies the Amarnath Cave. Every summer, thousands of Hindus make the treacherous journey through the steep terrain to witness the formation of a massive vertical ice stalagmite thought to represent Lord Shiva, one of the most powerful gods of Hinduism. According to mythology, it was in this cave that Shiva revealed the secrets of creation to his goddess wife Parvati.

“There are three great divine energies in the Hindu imagination involved in the creation story. Brahma actually creates things – This is the great god, Brahma, brings things into being. Vishnu maintains reality, and Shiva destroys. Now Shiva is just as important as the other two divine energies. In fact, the trinity would not exist without the destruction. You cannot have renewal, you cannot have continued growth without the destructive energy.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

In Hinduism, Shiva is often pictured with a trident, the prongs representing his three fundamental powers – will, action and knowledge. He is also often illustrated as having a third eye in the middle of his forehead. But why?

“In the iconography, he is clearly depicted with a vertical third eye right in the middle of his forehead. With that eye, he can see things. He has a clairvoyance. When his eye opens – it also radiates a lot of energy through that eye – and then when that is opened up, then everything becomes clear. And then, of course, the Universe is yours, because then you are able to communicate with everyone else, because then you are in par with the cosmic frequency.”

– Deepak Shimkhada, Ph.D.
(Adjunct Prof. of Religion, Claremont Graduate Univ.),
(Prof. of Hindu Studies, Claremont Lincoln Univ.,
School of Theology)

“In the spiritual beliefs of many cultures, including ancient India, including many parts of Asia, there is a third eye that is located in the middle of the forehead, generally right between the two eyes. And that is a center of spiritual power. And in some cases, it is thought to have supernatural powers.”

– Sabina Magliocco, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Anthropology & Folklore, CSU Northridge)

In the principles of Freemasonry, there is a consistent and recurring notion that two sides or pillars can only find balance by the addition of a third, center structure. This center structure is often represented as a mystical or third eye. But why? Is it meant to represent that of an all-seeing God? Or does it suggest something quite different? Something, perhaps, that can even be found within the human brain?

“You see this represented in many mystical traditions, that this is somehow the mystical eye. There have been many different theories about this, but one of the more interesting ones is that some people said it refers to the pineal gland, which is a light-sensitive organ that is actually somewhere in here.”

Tok Thompson, Ph.D. (Prof. of Anthropology, USC)

Part of the endocrine system, the pineal gland is no larger than a grain of rice, and is shaped like a pinecone. Though it is located deep in the center of the brain between the two hemispheres, it appears to share some characteristics with the human eye.

“The function of the pineal gland is mainly to release a hormone called melatonin, which controls the sleep-wake cycles. So, because it’s light-sensitive, it’s sometimes called the third eye, and it’s had some mystical implications, as well, because it’s this asymmetrical structure that’s right in the center of the brain.”

– Heather Berlin, Ph.D., M.P.H.
(Prof. of Neuroscience, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine),
(Neuroscientist, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai)

Is it possible that ancient man was aware of the existence of the pineal gland? And if so, were they also aware of its special function within the brain?

“From the earliest stages in human history, across a broad spectrum of cultures, this idea of the pineal gland being a mystery gland that is somehow related to enlightenment or a mystical experience is something that we see widely. Our two eyes, our bodily eyes, allow us to see around us. But the third eye allows us to see beyond that. It allows us to see things that we would not normally see.”

– Kathleen McGowan Coppens (Author/Researcher),
(Author, The Expected One), (The Source of Miracles),
(The Book of Love)

Is it possible that a so-called “third eye” really exists? A part of the human brain that allows human beings to connect directly to something beyond themselves even beyond this planet?

“Throughout history, the third eye has also been attributed for allowing you to travel to different dimensions, or astral traveling, and all those different things. So, now my question is – how did these stories begin? Is it possible to astral travel? Is it possible to go places with your mind alone?”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“The concept of the third eye is supposedly our doorway to connecting with not only our higher selves but other higher spirits, and possibly even to otherworldly entities – like extraterrestrial entities.”

– Michael Bara (Author, The Choice),
(Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA),
(Ancient Aliens on the Moon), (Ancient Aliens on Mars),
(Ancient Aliens and Secret Societies)

“The pineal gland acts as a hyper-dimensional gateway. It is a functioning stargate within your brain. The pineal gland appears to create some type of bridge or wormhole inside your head. Extraterrestrials may already understand this. It’s a basic aspect of human physiology. We have a stargate built in.”

David Wilcock (Author/Filmmaker),
(Author, The Source Field Investigations),
(The Synchronicity Key)

“And you have to wonder then, if we were created possibly by extraterrestrials and they know that we have this third eye, that part of their mission is to influence us and cultivate us to the point where we are able to utilize this third eye that we’ve been given.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

Could an actual part of the human brain really help to explain why mankind functions so differently from other life forms on our planet? Could this tiny gland offer a key to understanding why human beings create art, music, and literature? Why we bury our dead and devote time to contemplating our own existence? Perhaps the answers can be found in the stories of divine figures appearing across the ancient world in powerful groups of three.

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